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Ray Winstone did not hit Phil Daniels with the sock containing the snooker balls despite the scene being done in one take. A crew member laid on the floor and handed Winstone another sock containing ping pong balls. Nevertheless, Daniels claimed it was very sore when Ray whacked him with the sock.
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Originally, Carlin was a Glaswegian but was changed to a Cockney when Alan Clarke saw a then unknown Ray Winstone walk in a unique way.
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The film has almost no music throughout except for the music played on Eckersley's radio during the scene when he frames Davis for 'stealing' it.
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Alan Clarke made this film after the BBC banned his original TV version, Scum (1977), in 1977.
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The actual name of the British borstal prison is never disclosed.
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The movie is actually a remake of a TV version, Scum (1977), which had only been made and broadcast a couple of year's earlier in 1977.
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The film is considered to be one of the most controversial British films of the 1980s decade.
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The earlier and original TV version of this movie, Scum (1977), made for the BBC, but banned by them, and was never screened until around fifteen years later in 1991, after the director's death, and part of a season on censorship. The BBC said that they banned it because "There was too much incident packed into too short a time and that they doubted the veracity." So they thought it was pure fiction. But they also said that it "looked too much like a documentary".
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David Threlfall, who originally played Archer in the BBC version of Scum (1977), was offered the role in the movie but was unavailable owing to prior commitments with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Debut major role in a full length cinema movie of actor Philip Jackson.
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The nick-name for the top-dog borstal prison inmate was "Daddy".
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The picture was labeled one of the "video nasties" during the UK Video Nasties controversy of the early 1980s.
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The later 2010 Canadian film Dog Pound (2010) is significantly inspired and influenced by this movie.
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A few of the crew worked on both Scum (1979) and Scrubbers (1982). Both Roy Minton and Don Boyd worked on both, as writers and producers respectively.
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The Australian DVD sleeve notes state that this film was "one of the most controversial films ever made in the UK and one which caused a furore when it was first screened on television".
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The word "Borstal" is a British term for a "youth penitentiary" but it has also been used for "detention centers" and "approved schools". Borstals were for serious offenders and extreme delinquency and were run by the Her Majesty's Prison Service. The meaning of the term "borstal training" was really just another way of saying "court sentence".
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The later British prison film Scrubbers (1982), made and released a few year's later, and set in a female British borstal, has widely been considered to be a female version of Scum (1979). Scrubbers (1982) was inspired by the success of Scum (1979) which had been made and released years about three years earlier. Whereas Scum (1979) had male inmates, Scrubbers (1982) instead featured female jailbirds. The two movies are considered companion pieces, Scrubbers (1982) even being referred to as a sequel of sorts to Scum (1979). The two films share a number of same and similar story elements common to both movies.
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